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Mar. 03, 19 | 1:33 pm

DUBAI: Last Thursday, Feb. 28, some 27 couples tied the knot in a group wedding officiated at the Philippine Consulate by Vice Consul Marianne Bringas. While the event seemed nothing much out of the ordinary, a closer look at the love birds revealed a stand out: their age – most were in the 25-29 bracket.

“Naku,” said the groom, when asked by The Filipino Times if it was okay to have their pictures taken for the newspaper’s weddings page. “Mabubunyag tayo.”

Vice Consul Marianne Bringas

“Okay lang naman sa mga parents namin ito sa Pilipinas,” the bride said.

In the 1960s, women are getting married at 20; men, at 23. Fast forward to now: marrying age for women is 27 and for men, it’s 29, according to a study by the Washington DC-based think tank, Pew Research Center.

Being relatively young is being stereotyped as prone to making reckless and irresponsible decision to tie the knot.

But while this may be so, mic.com, a New York-based internet and media company, lists the following advantages to getting married young.

• A built-in support system for your “turbulent” 20s. Quoting Dr. Michael S. Broder, author of “Can Your Relationship Be Saved? How To Know Whether to Stay or Go,” mic.com said “The 20s are really a time when people discover who they are in terms of career and what they want in a relationship.” Needless to say, being together during these turbulent learning curbs makes for a stronger love affair.

• Enjoy the fun things you’d love to do and do it with your best friend. This actually means marriage is not supposed to put an end to those bucket list adventures, rather, it should be more exciting having to do it with your cherished one

• You’ve been with each other since you were young and saw each one come to age and change for the better. In short, this also further solidifies the relationship because you’ve known each other inside out. “Witnessing that change is crucial not only because of deep background you share; it also means you’re comfortable with the knowledge that your spouse will change, and that you can roll with those changes,” said the mic.com article.

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